Often a first point of call for tourists coming to Florida, Kissimmee is a varied holiday destination offering visitors the thrill of neighboring theme parks, world-class shopping and a dose of old Florida charm. Kissimmee’s dining scene doesn’t disappoint either, with eclectic eats ranging from authentic Dominican and Middle Eastern cuisine to award-winning breakfasts and steakhouse fare. Read on for our round-up of the best 10 restaurants in Kissimmee.
Named the region’s Best Kept Secret in the 2015 Orlando Magazine Dining Awards, Eleven is a stunning steakhouse on the 11th floor of premier Kissimmee hotel, the Reunion Resort. Alongside fancy starters like Yuengling-battered lobster tail with caramelized onion syrup and Applewood bacon or French onion and shallot soup, Eleven’s mouth-watering mains include 12 ounce prime New York strip steak, Mongolian-style hoisin lamb chops and pan-seared salmon with cucumber slaw and key lime butter. Post-dinner, head outside to Eleven’s beautiful rooftop patio for handcrafted cocktails while taking in the stunning views; between 8 pm and 10 pm, you’ll have the best seats in the house for the neighboring Magic Kingdom’s nightly firework displays.
Voted the Best Breakfast in the County in the 2014 Best of Osceola Reader’s Choice Awards, Woodsby’s Café is a friendly, mom-and-pop-style joint that lives by its motto, ‘good food and plenty of it.’ Its award-winning breakfasts – think omelets, pancakes and loaded hash browns topped with grilled onions, diced ham and American cheese – are served all day alongside a lunchtime menu of burgers, sandwiches, hot dogs and salads. Daily specials include beef tips with noodles and meatloaf with gravy.
King O Falafel
Serving delicious food since opening in 2009, King O Falafel is the place to go in Kissimmee for authentic, affordable Middle Eastern and Mediterranean fare. It’s a casual, modern haunt run by owner and chef Jamal Blan and is a hidden gem among Central Florida’s ubiquitous chain restaurants. It is definitely a break from the dining norm with delicacies including appetizers like hummus, babaghanouj, kibbah (cracked wheat stuffed with onions, beef and spices) and, of course, falafel, while bigger dishes include gyros, kabobs, chicken tikka and gamberi.
Bruno’s Italian Restaurant
Bruno’s Italian Restaurant is a homey, casual dining establishment specializing in traditional Italian fare and, with over 20 successful years in business, it must be doing something right. You’ll find plenty of Italian favorites and classics on Bruno’s menu, from veal marsala and spaghetti with meatballs, to mussels marinara and creamy shrimp alfredo. They also serve a number of thin crust, New York-style pizzas with toppings like pepperoni, sausage and onion or spinach, garlic and artichoke hearts. Make sure you leave room for a classic Italian dessert like tiramisu or cannoli.
Serving authentic Mexican eats since first opening in 2012, El Tapito is headed by owner Oscar Perez who, after years spent managing restaurants in Central Florida and Texas, decided to branch out on his own. Fresh ingredients and a made-from-scratch ethos are the order of the day at the cozy, casual haunt with standout dishes like cheese-topped pork tamales served with rice and fried beans, and coctel de camaron – a Mexican take on shrimp cocktail with onions, cilantro and fresh avocado in El Tapito’s special sauce. There are plenty of authentic drinks to quench your thirst too, from Mexican beers to margaritas and micheladas.
Seasonal, regionally-inspired fare with a focus on fresh seafood is what guides MOOR. This beautiful restaurant located within the Gaylord Palms Resort is headed by chef Phillip Fisher, who works closely with local producers to ensure each dish is full of Floridian flavor. There’s a choice of three dining locations – a cozy, living room-like dining space, an outdoor patio, and the deck of a 60-foot sailboat moored in the world’s largest indoor saltwater lagoon. Though MOOR’s menu changes on a daily basis, diners can expect tempting, creative dishes like white Gulf shrimp with creamy grits, Andouille and brown butter or Cedar Key clams with scallions and a beer and bacon broth.
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